We’re halfway through 2013 and some of the year’s best games have already come out, but it seems we still have so many to look forward to. With an entire six months left of the year and some of the biggest releases still on the horizon, there are ten games in particular I’m most looking forward to. These games are all great titles with promising showings at E3 and online and I can’t wait to see how they turn out!
The Wonderful 101 looks like a fantastic and exciting new game. I’m still not 100% sure on what it’s all about, but it looks good and seems like a fun time. It’ll be great to experience something different when things are becoming so repetitive and bland.
Batman: Arkham Origins is shaping up to be possibly the best entry into the Arkham series yet. New villains, a new story, and a new developer should give the series some extra oomph and give us another great tale with the Dark Knight.
I used to play A Link to the Past for hours upon hours when I was younger. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds looks to give back some of that gameplay back to those of us that remember the fun of that original title. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the game turns out.
I didn’t get to play Donkey Kong Country Returns, but I am probably the biggest fan of the original three Donkey Kong Country games on the SNES. This one looks to add some more fun to everyone’s favorite ape and it’s a must-buy for me this year. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze may not be what everyone wanted from Retro, but you can never go wrong with some Donkey Kong.
I skipped the first two Pikmin games and never felt like I could get into the gameplay, but maybe Pikmin 3 is a good way to springboard into the series. It looks great, looks fun, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the game when it comes out.
Super Mario 3D World is gonna be a total blast when you’ve got friends over. A co-op Mario experience like this could work out so well and I’m in anticipation to see what the verdict on this one is going to be.
A brand new Pokémon game is just what the doctor ordered, especially when the entire series is being flipped on its head with 3D elements and an entirely new approach to the gameplay. I’ve tried to keep my nose out of news about Pokémon X & Y so I can go in fresh and blind, but this one is going to be a buy-day-one if the forecast seems positive for the reinvention of the series.
It’s been awhile since I dove into Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, but I had trouble putting it down. I skipped Bowser’s Inside Story, but Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is going to be an awesome addition to my 3DS collection. I’ve heard nothing but positive responses from those that have played it early and I am excited to see what fun Mario and Luigi get up to.
I’m a huge fan of the LEGO games, but LEGO Marvel Super Heroes may give me the best experience from them yet. It’s an ambitious and wild adventure with tons of new LEGO characters from X-Men to the Fantastic Four. I just can’t wait to pit Marvel legends like the Hulk against Mr. Fantastic or Howard the Duck against Stan Lee. It’s an easy purchase for me, but I’ll need to recover from my recent LEGO game binge to truly appreciate this one.
Finally, Grand Theft Auto V, which I’ve been waiting a long time for. GTA IV was an awesome experience, full of great moments and characters, but GTA V is already looking like it will end up as my favorite game in the series. Hopefully it lives up to the hype because I’m already positive it will be my personal game of the year. From a gameplay video and a trailer, I already feel myself immersed in the grandiose world of Grand Theft Auto.
The shocking part about my list is that I still don’t own a Wii U or 3DS, despite the majority of my list containing games exclusive to these consoles. You may ask why, but to me, Nintendo’s lineup is absolutely killer this holiday season. With so many great releases coming out and recently released, it’s going to be very tough to resist picking up both Nintendo systems. I’m glad that I’m so excited about Nintendo again. Their 1-UP finally kicked in and they’re back to take names and get me to spend quite a lot of money.
What are your most anticipated games for the rest of 2013? Will any of these games get you to purchase a console just to play them? Whatever you’re excited for, you can be sure 4P will be there to cover your favorite games from the Xbox 360 to the Wii U. Stay tuned.